The trailer for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s 2015 epic The Revenant is breathtaking; from the gorgeous locations and terrifying situations, this teaser trailer looks stunning. The film stars Leonardo Di Caprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter and is being released by New Regency. It is directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, who took home an Academy Award, in the Best Director category, last year for his original film Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), and it is adapted by Michael Punke’s novel of the same name. Because this film is an incredible true story it falls under the realism style of film making. Iñárritu is working again with Academy Award winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, who is best known for his long takes on the films: Birdman and Children of Men. Di Caprio plays Hugh Glass an 1820s frontiersman who tries to survive his fellow man and nature as a hunting trip goes horribly wrong for him. The most interesting concept of this film is that Iñárritu shot the entire movie on location as well as using natural light; because of these conditions there were multiple production issues. The main issue involved the cold weather, and multiple crew members quit. Despite all the trouble when the teaser trailer was released in the late summer months and had a massive number of views, New Regency decided to change the limited release to a wide release and allow the entire United States to see the film in December.
The trailer is a standard two minutes and twenty five seconds, but it does not seem long enough because you are left with many unanswered questions as well as wanting to see more. It opens with the low rumbling of thunder and a long shot behind Di Caprio looking up...
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...rcomes his face and it cuts to black. Finally the camera fades out to a low angle shoot looking up to the tree tops from the forest flow, and snow is falling as the film’s title appears followed by the cast and crew information.
By the end of watching this trailer your heart is racing and you are a little worn out by what you have watched. In the trailer you see a man he is fighting the elements, nature, as well as his fellow man, and throughout the two minutes and twenty six seconds he is constantly fighting. The trailer reflects what I imagine the 1820s would look like in the wilderness with large wooly coats, minimal supplies, wooden rifles and pistols, and wooden cabins. I can not wait to see this film, it left me with a feeling of want and more to find out what happen to this guy who looks like he shouldn’t be alive during any of these outrageous situations.
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